If you like fresh, mineral-driven white wine, you'll go bonkers for the wines of Paul-Henry Pellé. This guy is a star. Qualitatively, these wines can go tête-a-tête with top-shelf Sancerre, but they're a great deal less expensive. Farming is organic.Pellé uses both stainless steel and wood, not only for élevage, but fermentation as well. This explains why the wines have bracing citric electricity tempered by a suave, creamy texture – "lemon curd" often pops up in our tasting notes.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VINEYARDVignes de Ratier is a sunny terroir in the village of Morogues where the bedrock lies just centimenters below the surface. 7,500 vines/hectareSOILKimmeridgian marl bedrock under just 50 centimeters of topsoil.VITICULTUREPracticing organic. Soils plowed. Hand-harvested.VINIFICATIONDirect pressing of grapes, fermented with natural yeast in a combination of wooden vats and tank.AGINGAged in on the lees in a combination on 70% wood (Foudres and used 400L barrels) and 30% tank.
Crisp , Floral , Fruity
Loire Valley Wines
The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.